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Wednesday’s Word: Trust

Trust is our fifth and final Core Value. Our Residential Re-Entry Center (RRC) is an excellent example of the importance of Trust.

The RRC has assisted men and women in making a successful community re-entry through pre-release and work release programs for more than 30 years.  While in the program each resident is required to be employed, unless restricted by the courts and must participate in the available support services including education programming, GED preparation, individual and group counseling, job search and placement services, substance abuse counseling and referral to follow-up community services.

Trust is a key component in the success of our re-entry program.

“It’s about letting them know you’re not intimidated, but you’re also here to help.” Says Program Director Jennifer Masslieno, “We offer life skills programming targeted to residents that have been incarcerated for more than 5 years. So much can change in that time, we want them to feel prepared.”

In order for residents to be successful they have to trust that the program staff and volunteers are in place to help them succeed. Once that trust is established case managers work with each participant to help them identify and address the factors that contributed to their incarceration. Residents are connected to substance abuse treatment and educational resources as well as job placement assistance.

“They really bring the self worth out of you here. They teach you how to be responsible for your own actions. We’re here because our actions caused us to be here, they help you correct those attitudes and actions so you don’t end up back.” Says Mr. Carter a former RRC resident. “You have the opportunity here to make certain that you’re ready to move to the next step. They guide you through all of that and let you know that you can be successful.”

Our Residential Re-Entry Center is moving into a larger, more efficient facility. This move will increase are capacity to care for individuals transitioning out of the Federal Prison system. The new facility will feature expanded group meeting space, an updated computer lab and library as well as in house life skills resources. Click Here If you’re interested in learning more about The Residential Re Entry Center and how you can answer the Call to Care.

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